Satellite images recently made by “AMTI” revealed that China has “quietly” made a whole network of durable military infrastructures on disputed artificial islands in the South China Sea.
The new network of airborne bases, radar towers, and missile systems is located on 28 hectares on the island of Spartley and the Parcel Islands, around which China is in dispute with several Asian countries, reveals the American Initiative for Transparency of Asian Maritime – AMTI.
With the same goal, the previous period, China made several new artificial islands, such as those on the ridge of Michif, the Atols Subi, and Fairies Cross, and has now entered the final stage of construction of the infrastructure construction project necessary for fully functional air and maritime bases, according to the AMTI reports.
On the ridge of Fairies Cross, the most building was done in 2017. The images from the air show that large hangars are built at airport runways, huge radar and communication towers, missile hulls, and huge underground structures for which “AMTI” assumes that they will be stockpiles of weapons and other materials.
The White House stated that this was to “demonstrate … lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law.”
Reacting to these reports, Chinese Foreign Minister Lu Kang said he hoped that non-Asian countries would refrain from fueling the tensions and respect the efforts of the regional countries.
“It is perfectly normal for China to build peacefully and use the necessary defense equipment for its territory, which is part of Chinese sovereignty,” said Lu.
China’s Defense Ministry said that this is all “legitimate and lawful”, and that this equipment is really necessary and defensive.